BRUNSWICK, ME - ChrisPetzy
'12 (Kensington, NH) was perfect from the field and the line and
netted a career-best 22 points to help Saint Joseph's (8-1, 3-0
GNAC) slip past Bowdoin College (7-3), 83-82, on Wednesday evening.
The sophomore guard was 7-7 from the floor, including 5-5 from
beyond the arc, and 3-3 from the charity stripe in the victory.
Free throws proved to be a major factor in the outcome, as St.
Joe's was 21-23 (91%) from the line, including 8-9 in the final
five minutes, while Bowdoin made it to the FT line just seven times
and converted three of those attempts. The Monks have converted at
least 90% of their free-throw attempts in two games this season.
The closely contested game featured 11 lead changes and was tied on
Petzy, who has now paced the Monks in scoring
in consecutive games, was joined by three other SJC players who
reached double-digits. ZachO'Brien '12 (Schenectady, NY) netted 17 points,
RayEatmon '10 (Huntington, NY)
added 14 and TylerKelley '11
(Saco, ME) registered 11 points for St. Joe's.
O'Brien was 7-7 from the FT line and
Eatmon converted 6 of his 7 freebie attempts.
For Bowdoin, Mark Phillips '10 (Ashland, MA) scored 22 points
and grabbed 9 caroms and Will Hanley '12 (New Canaan, CT) recorded
a double-double with 21 points and 10 boards. Ryan O'Connell '12
(Ipswich, MA) chipped in with 19 points in the losing effort.
The largest lead either team would achieve was seven points, as
Monks guard AlbertoRue '10
(Jamaica Plain, MA) made a layup at the 12:07 mark of the first
half to provide the Royal Blue with a 21:14 cushion. Bowdoin's
largest lead, five points, came early in the second stanza. The
Polar Bears opened the half on a 6-0 run, erasing a one-point
halftime deficit, and led 42-37 after Paul Sellew '10 (Glastonbury,
CT) made a bucket at the 17:36 mark.
Baskets from O'Brien and
Eatmon and a freebie by the latter knotted the
game at 42-42 two minutes later. Neither team held a cushion of
more than four points until Kelley capped a 5-0
outburst by the Monks with a three-pointer, providing the visitors
with a 69-64 lead with 5:56 on the game clock. As it turned out,
the Kelley long-ball put the Monks on top for the
duration, as the Polar Bears were able to cut the deficit to one
point on several occasions in the final two minutes but were unable
to gain, or share, the lead.
After not defeating Bowdoin for five straight years, the Monks
have now topped the Polar Bears in consecutive meetings. St. Joe's
edged out Bowdoin, the top-ranked team in the latest MMBCWA Poll,
74-70, in early January last season.
The Monks are off to the program's best start since the 2002-03
season, when the Royal Blue went 20-5 and made the first NCAA
Tournament appearance in SJC Athletics history as an NCAA DIII
St. Joe's shot 52% (28-54) from the field, 42.9% (6-14) from
three-point range and 91% (21-23) from the FT line, while Bowdoin
shot 51% (36-71) overall, 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc and 43%
(3-7) from the charity stripe. The Polar Bears outworked the Monks,
41-25, on the glass in the loss.
The Monks have made at least 50% of their field goal attempts
five times this season, with four occurrences in their last five
Saint Joseph's will host Emmanuel College (1-7, 0-2 GNAC) in a
rematch of the 2009 GNAC Championship on Saturday at 2:00 PM, while
Bowdoin is set to host University of Maine-Farmington on Saturday
in a 2:00 PM start as well.
Newspaper Box Score
St. Joseph's (Me.) vs Bowdoin
1/6/10 7:00 p.m. at Brunswick, Maine
At Brunswick, Maine
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) 83, BOWDOIN 82
ST. JOSEPH'S (ME.) (8-1)
Chris Petzy 7-7 3-3 22; Zach O'Brien 5-12 7-7 17; Ray Eatmon 4-9
Tyler Kelley 3-10 4-5 11; Alberto Rue 4-5 0-0 8; Anthony Savino 2-5
Rashon Jones 2-5 0-0 4; Julio Vazquez 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 28-54 21-23
Mark Phillips 10-18 2-3 22; Will Hanley 10-18 0-2 21; Ryan
0-0 19; Paul Sellew 4-6 0-0 8; Justin Nowell 2-4 1-2 5; Ben
Olayinka 2-6 0-0
4; Randy DeFeo 1-4 0-0 3; Maximillian Staiger 0-0 0-0 0; Mike
Hauser 0-4 0-0
0. Totals 36-71 3-7 82.
St. Joseph's (Me.)............ 37 46
Bowdoin....................... 36 46
3-point goals--St. Joseph's (Me.) 6-14 (Chris Petzy 5-5; Tyler
Alberto Rue 0-1; Zach O'Brien 0-2), Bowdoin 7-17 (Ryan O'Connell
Hanley 1-3; Randy DeFeo 1-4; Mike Hauser 0-1; Justin Nowell 0-1).
out--St. Joseph's (Me.)-None, Bowdoin-Paul Sellew. Rebounds--St.
(Me.) 25 (Ray Eatmon 8), Bowdoin 41 (Will Hanley 10). Assists--St.
(Me.) 11 (Ray Eatmon 4), Bowdoin 27 (Mike Hauser 8). Total
Joseph's (Me.) 11, Bowdoin 19. Technical fouls--St. Joseph's